Welcome to the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra

Our mission is to enrich, engage and educate through the power and performance of live music.

The vision of the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra serves as a center of artistic excellence; through leadership and partnerships, nourishes spirits, develops intellectual and creative capital, adding value for all.
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Jan 4 - 9:45 am
TONIGHT at 7:30 pm in Michelsen Hall- come hear some of the finest jazz performers in Central Wisconsin perform an array of works by women composers.

Jan 1 - 1:39 am
The Central Wisconsin Jazz Ensemble is excited to present a concert on January 4 in Michelsen Hall on the campus of UWSP at 7:30pm. We are very excited to celebrate the music of several women composers. Melba Liston, Ellen Rowe, Patty Darling, Mary Lou Willams, Maria Schneider, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Laura Caviani. Tickets are available here- https://cwso.secure.force.com/ticket

Dec 14, 2018 - 4:16 pm
On December 27 and 28 tune in for "Route 51" on Wisconsin Public Radio to listen to Pat Miles (music director of 17 years), Andy Moran (interim music director 2019-20) and Mara Prausa (executive director) discuss the current state of Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra. There's so much on the horizon! Thank you to our media sponsor, WPR, for hosting us! "Route 51" can be heard on 101.3/Wausau, WLBL-FM 91.9/Wausau, WLBL-AM 930/Auburndale, 99.1/Stevens Point, 100.9/Marshfield, WHAA-FM 89.1/Adams-Wisconsin Rapids, WHSF-FM 89.9/Rhinelander Eagle River, WHBM-FM 90.3/Park Falls and WHRM-HD 90.9-3/Wausau Thursdays at 10 a.m. It is also repeated Fridays at 7 p.m. on 90.9 WHRM Wausau. https://www.wpr.org/programs/route-51

Dec 14, 2018 - 3:58 pm
Congratulations to Mary Moran (CWSO principal viola) and Brent Turney (CWSO principal trumpet) on their stellar performance with Mannheim Steam Roller at the Grand Theater yesterday. Our community is so lucky to have such gifted artists in the area.

Dec 11, 2018 - 2:13 pm
It looks like we have an early leader in our "So You Think You Can Conduct" contest. Ellen Hilgendorf is off to the races with 193 votes, followed by Sean Caldwell with 53 votes and Tonya Haze with 38 votes. Have you voted for your favorite candidate yet? Votes cost $5. Click here to place your vote- https://cwso.secure.force.com/donate/?dfId=a0n61000007fvKKAAY

Dec 6, 2018 - 2:24 pm
CWSO is thrilled to announce that we are a recipient of a 2018 Green Bay Packers Foundation Grant for our upcoming Dorothy Vetter Memorial Education Concerts! In March, 1800 4th graders from Portage, Wood, Waushara, Waupaca, Marathon, and Shawano counties will attend our interactive concerts featuring Carnegie Hall's Link Up program. Executive Director Mara Prausa and Education Coordinator Mary Moran recently attended an award ceremony at Lambeau Field to accept the grant. Thank you to the Green Bay Packers Foundation for their generosity in helping bring music to students in Central Wisconsin! #packersgiveback #theorchestrasings

Dec 3, 2018 - 1:47 pm
Our annual "So You Think You Can Conduct" contest is heating up. Who will you vote for? Here are the current standings: Ellen Hilgendorf- 87 votes Sean Caldwell- 53 votes Tonya Haze- 18 votes You can vote with a donation here- https://cwso.secure.force.com/donate/?dfId=a0n61000007fvKKAAY Just enter your candidate's name in the Dedication Honoree name.

Nov 28, 2018 - 9:54 am
This coming March, over 1500 fourth grade students from Portage, Wood, Waupaca, Waushara, and Marathon Counties will come to see the CWSO's Dorothy Vetter Memorial Education Concerts. We are so excited to partner with Carnegie Hall's Link Up program this year. Check out this video from the Seattle Symphony's Link Up concerts to see what it's all about! And if you have a fourth grader, ask your school to find out if they're participating! https://youtu.be/6WOP-1Pci3M

Nov 26, 2018 - 2:34 pm
The Betty Frost Jenkins Youth Concerto winners played beautifully on Wisconsin Public Radio's "The Midday" with Norman Gilliland last Wednesday, November. 21. Congratulations to Benjamin Bates, Koppany Bodor, and David Pickar. You can hear Benjamin Bates play the Allegro of Kabalevsky's Cello Concerto in G minor this Saturday and Sunday at our "Holiday with Cantus" concerts. It's not too late to purchase tickets! Here is a link for tickets: https://cwso.secure.force.com/ticket#details_a0S61000005iBXrEAM

Nov 20, 2018 - 11:42 am
Tune in to Wisconsin Public Radio this Wednesday, November 21 at 12 PM to hear the winners of the CWSO's Betty Frost Jenkins Young Artist Concerto Competition perform on The Midday with Norman Gilliland! Then head over to cwso.org to get your tickets for "Holiday with Cantus" on December 1 and 2, when Grand Prize winner Benjamin Bates will also perform with the CWSO.

Jan 4 - 9:45 am
TONIGHT at 7:30 pm in Michelsen Hall- come hear some of the finest jazz performers in Central Wisconsin perform an array of works by women composers.